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Disney's mouse ears a rite of passage

By Henry Hanks, CNN
updated 5:20 PM EDT, Sun April 14, 2013
Actress <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/08/showbiz/annette-funicello-obit/index.html'>Annette Funicello</a> died on Monday at age 70. Before her beach party movie fame, she was one of the original members of TV's "Mickey Mouse Club," and defined the term "Mouseketeer" long before Britney Spears or Justin Timberlake. She definitely made those mouse ears look cool. They've been a symbol of Disney ever since. In her honor, iReporters told us how much <a href='http://ireport.cnn.com/topics/953456/featured#stories'>those ears</a>, and the world of Disney, mean to their lives.
Actress Annette Funicello died on Monday at age 70. Before her beach party movie fame, she was one of the original members of TV's "Mickey Mouse Club," and defined the term "Mouseketeer" long before Britney Spears or Justin Timberlake. She definitely made those mouse ears look cool. They've been a symbol of Disney ever since. In her honor, iReporters told us how much those ears, and the world of Disney, mean to their lives.
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For Disney fans, mouse ears mean memories
For Disney fans, mouse ears mean memories
Disney's mouse ears a rite of passage
The mouse ears and Disney's legacy intertwine